Blogging, really? This was the second thought that popped into my head after I thought, I want to start a mom blog! It's not like I had extra time on my hands. I was a first time new mom at the age of 42, full-time accountant (real job), had three Etsy shops and an Amazon store and had dozens on books on my night stand to read. So where in the heck was I going to find the time?!Read More
As a first time new mom taking out your baby to the beach or lake you want to make sure you take the essentials and not be unprepared or over whelmed with too many items or the wrong things. This list details the top 11 items you need before heading out your first time beach/lake adventure with you baby.Read More
When it comes to raising my baby girl, one of the things that gives me great pleasure is that fact that I make her homemade foods. I know that I am providing her with the best nutrition possible and I know what her baby food comes from and what ingredients it contains. Plus, all her food is made with LOVE. Sweet potatoes was one of the first foods she tried but didn't like. A few weeks later she loved it.Read More
Easter is just around the corner and it's a great opportunity for some new baby photos. I am all into diy photography or do-it-yourself types of photography and believe that you can create some awesome photos of your baby or toddler with some simple and accessible props. Below are just a few props I bought to create these fun baby photos.
List of props:
- small plastic colorful Easter eggs
- Easter eggs on a string or garland
- colorful fluffy chicks
- Easter bunny stuffed animal
How to use these props inside
I know that in some places it can still be a little chilly in the U.S around this time especially in the northern parts but don't let that deter you from taking some awesome photos of your precious baby. There first, second, third birthdays only come ONCE (well so do the rest). They don't have to be magazine perfect just perfect for you and your family. Here are some indoor ideas.
- You need a white poster board and a white faux rug for your baby to sit on. You can also use a white comforter. Sit your baby in the middle in their Easter outfit, sprinkle some plastic Easter eggs around them. You can take an aerial photo of them. Just stand above them and snap away. See the example below. These are a favorite of mine. For sure your baby if above 7 months will be interested in the eggs. Take advantage of this and again snap away. Action photos or your baby interactive with props can also be fun photos.
- Add some of the chicks to the set. Open up some of the eggs and add the chicks. These will really intrigue your baby. Believe me! They will have to play and play with these.
- Take away all the eggs and chicks and let them play with an Easter bunny stuffed animal. Grandparents will fall head over heals for these photos!
- Take away the bunny and give them the Easter eggs tied to a string or garland eggs.
- THIS IS THE FUNNIST!! Take the Easter eggs and pull some light colored string through the tops of the eggs. If they don't have holes you can either make the hole yourself, glue or tape the string to the top. Then tape them to an extra large white poster board. These are really CHEAP and can be found at your local dollar store.
Easter Photography Ideas for Outside
Outdoor photos can be so much fun for the entire family. All you need are the same props mention above or you can add your own. The funnest part of this shoot was using the tree branch with Easter eggs hanging by a string.
- Take a medium size tree branch with several limbs (very light weight branch) and hang the Easter eggs on a string on them. You can either have your spouse, or friend hold the branch or you can use something other object to them the branch in place. I used two photography stands and tied rubber bands to it so it wouldn't move. See photo below.
- Use some of the Easter egg garland and place in a tree or bush.
- Sit her or him on the ground (preferably on something so they won't get dirty) and sprinkle eggs around them.
Just remember to have fun and your photos don't have to be perfect, just perfect for you and your family.
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Being that I became a new mom at the age of 42 and after several tries I wanted to try any and all natural remedies if our baby girl ever came down with anything. Sooo.... (I am an affiliate – I receive a small commission if you purchase any of my recommendations through these links, at no extra cost or inconvenience to you.) I was already a promoter and user of of coconut oil for many years for health reasons. I actually love it for my skin and cooking. Since having a baby just last year I used coconut oil for several things. Here are some ways I used this for my baby girl:
- Craddle Cap
- Diaper Rash
- Dry skin during winter
- In Solid Foods
But I don't buy just any coconut oil. There are a few requirements for me to use it on my baby girl or on myself. This particular coconut oil meets my expectations. It's non-gmo, organic, extra-virgin, unrefined and cold pressed. You might be wondering, what's the difference. Here is the short and simple explanation:
- non-gmo= means it's not genetically modified
- organic= its grown without using pesticides or certain fertilizers
- extra-virgin= in terms of coconut oil is the same as virgin coconut oil. There are no standards to use this term but just makes me feel better about using it.
- unrefined= means the oil is extracted from the unprocessed fresh coconut meat versus the dried version. Here is where the most benefits are...in using the raw coconut meat. (1)
cold pressed= means that it's processed using heat that is never higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit compared to expeller that uses higher temperatures and where the most beneficial nutrients are lost.
So what is my favorite coconut oil? It's this one by Carrington. This one has all the above requirements! Back to how I use it on my baby girl.
Coconut Oil and Cradle Cap
Cradle cap also known as infantile seborrheic dermatitis occurs when a babies scalp becomes yellowish, crusty and patchy. It's not painful or itchy and won't bother a baby but I know it can bother the parent. I know that for sure. Our baby girl had it bad for a couple of weeks. But we rubbed coconut oil any chance we got it evidentially went away. I highly recommend coconut oil on your baby's head.
Coconut Oil and Diaper Rash
Diaper rash can be caused by a couple of things. A baby can have a reaction to the diaper he or she is wearing or the baby wipes that are being used. Being too long in a dirty diaper can cause a rash and redness. Also, if the mom is breast feeding, a baby can have an allergic reaction to what the mother is eating. When begining to feed solid foods a baby can have a negative reation to certain foods. Our baby girl had her first diaper rash after eating carrots and sweet potatoes. We immediately changed her diaper and put some of this oil on her and by the next morning the rash was gone. Now it worked for her because I knew it wasn't the diapers or wipes as we use natural chemical free products so we knew it was a food reaction. But all the coconut oil in the world won't work if your baby is having a reaction to the diapers or baby wipes being used or food reaction and he or she is still coming in contact with it. These are my favorite wipes.
Coconut Oil and Eczema
Baby eczema or atopic dermatitis occurs to a lot of children under the age of 3. It mostly occurs around the joints such as elbows and knees but a lot occurs in the cheeks. In some cases it can be severe, very painful and require steroids. Our little girl had it some on her cheeks. We thought those rosy cheeks were so cute but no it was eczema. At first I thought maybe it was a food she was eating, like oatmeal. So I took oatmeal out of her diet for but it continued. Besides an allergies to dairy, corn or wheat babies can also have a reaction to fruits. I eliminated all fruits for a week, applied coconut oil every morning, evening and after her baths to her arms, legs and cheeks. After a week the eczema had greatly improved. It was almost gone from her legs and arms with a little bit on her cheeks only. I'm a firm believer that coconut can help with eczema but it should be organic and cold pressed (refer to explanations above).
Coconut Oil For Dry Skin
During winter skin gets extra dry and a baby's skin is no exception. Using coconut oil as a moisturizer is the perfect solution. The best time to use is after a warm bath when the skin is more able to trap in water. Besides using it after a bath you can also add a little bit to a warm bath before putting your baby in the bath.
Coconut Oil in Baby Food
Coconut oil is not only good as a moisturizer but it's also good to put in your baby's solid food. It supplies your baby with healthy fatty acids that she or she needs to grow and for good gut health. When our baby girl was going through some eczema I added a little bit of coconut oil in her foods along with rubbing it in her trouble spots. You can add it to your baby's formula or solid food even if you purchase store bought formula. No need to go over board with. Just a little bit is enough.
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Being a first time mom at the age of 42 has come with a lot of challenges. I have been use to living my life on my own terms and without having someone dependent on me, let alone a baby. So while I was pregnant I read a lot of baby books and how to books on babies. One that I found very interesting and funny was Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman. I actually loved this book and highly recommend it. I have always enjoyed reading on how different cultures do things, from cooking to raising their children. Here are 5 things I’ve successfully implemented in my baby girl Olivia’s life that has made me a believer
1. Give Your Baby A House Tour
When I first read about giving your baby a house tour when arriving from the hospital, I thought well that’s easy enough. It would make sense to give a tour of her or his new home. You would actually do this when a new friend arrives that hasn’t seen your home yet. I was pretty tired when we got home from the hospital so just showed her the first floor and of course her nursery and introduced her to her new pet, Motley which sadly passed away a few weeks later. The next day I gave her the full house tour. French Parents: this is the beginning of the parent-child communication and the giving of information and reassuring their babies.
Takeaway: It’s never too late to give your baby a house tour and if the weather is nice a tour of your backyard or outside might be nice too.
2. No Baby Talking and Be Polite
Although this wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be sometimes I would catch myself doing the goo-goo talk but not so much now. Olivia is 9 months old and ever since she came home I would talk to her like I would an adult. I tell her good morning, tell her what she is having for lunch and dinner, I tell her what our plans are for the day, and much more. This sets a good example of good communication, good manners and courtesy.
Takeaway: Talk to your baby more; tell her or him good morning, hello, thank you and what anything you can think of.
3. Schedules are the Best thing Ever
I personally love to have things scheduled in my personal and professional life so when Olivia came along I thought I can get her on a schedule too. Of course, I asked her pediatrician if after a while we can put her on a feeding schedule. The doctor quickly responded, NO. Just let her eat whenever she wants. I was disappointed to hear that but by then I had already read Bringing Up Bebe, and thought to myself I would still do it. After a couple of weeks of formula feeding she naturally fell into her own pattern. We were so relieved!! There was no second guessing if she was hungry or not. Even now as a nine month old baby, we know exactly when she eats breakfast, lunch and dinner is for her and the best part is that when she starts to eat alongside us she will be on the normal breakfast, lunch and dinner times. Currently, she is eating between three and half to four hours with an extra bottle in the early morning before her 9:00 A.M breakfast.
Takeaway: Get into the habit of schedules your baby’s breakfast, lunch and dinner around the same time you and your family eats. Keeping the same bedtime is also very helpful.
4. Vegetables as a first meal
Typically, here in America rice cereals is the first solid food feed to a baby. I chose to go with organic steel cut oats at 5 months and at 6 months introduced zucchini which my baby girl loved both. I am proud to say that she has eaten dozens and dozens of different veggies, fruits and compilations of both. The French on the other hand introduce veggies first, then fruits and later meat and fish. The goal of this is for their children to love all types of foods and not just eat cereals or a limited amount of foods.
Takeaway: Introduce vegetables first, then fruits.
5. Let Your Baby Just Be
I think as mom especially new moms we want to be right next to our baby and entertaining our baby at all times but it’s best to let your babies just be. This means that it’s okay if your baby or toddler plays or discovers things on their own. This can also be helpful when you need to do some chores (close by) or even do some self-care. I’m also reading Danish Way of Parenting, which talks about letting your children, just play unorganized by their parents or adults. To let them play is a critical part of the upbringing of Danish children.
Takeaway: Just observe and let your baby play. Do your own thing while your baby is playing, such as doodling, writing, folding laundry, or organizing your space.
These few steps have clearly made our lives as first and old parents much easier. But of all the tips this book offers, I think that having your baby on a food and sleep schedule is the BEST. There won't be any second guessing yourself as to why your baby is being fussy or crying. You'll know that it's fussiness due to being tied or it's time for a bottle/puree. I highly recommend, Bringing Up Bebe.
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